The accidental PM
- Kashmir: 3 militants dead after attack at army camp in Handwara, medicines with Pak marking recovered
- The whitewash: Probe alleges Rohith Vemula's mother faked Dalit status, blames him for his suicide
- BCCI refute allegations of non-compliance with Lodha panel in Supreme Court
- Jayalalithaa's health: Madras HC dismisses petition, says filed for publicity, political reasons
- Government study finds toxins in PET bottles of 5 soft drink brands
The accidental PM
Shekhar Gupta's 'Accidentally, in history' (IE, December 1) is a warm tribute to I.K. Gujral. Gujral's most brilliant legacy is the pathbreaking Gujral Doctrine, which is widely acclaimed in India as well as abroad. It became the touchstone for Indian diplomacy with the country's immediate neighbours. Gujral belonged to a genre of politician and intellectual, which has profoundly influenced the country's foreign policy.
— Dilbag Rai, Chandigarh
Missing the point
This refers to 'Sushma Swaraj gets off the fence, wants Narendra Modi as Prime Minister', (IE, December 1). Swaraj responded positively to a query about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's ability to become India's prime minister. The Economist, in a recent article, sees Finance Minister P. Chidambaram as the probable Congress candidate for PM. It is hard to understand why these two statements have deflected public attention from a more serious discussion on the qualities India's PM should have. Swaraj has not pronounced Modi the BJP's prime ministerial candidate; she has merely said that among others, he too is fit for the job. It is astonishing that her statement and The Economist's piece have received such media attention.
— M.K. Sharma
No easy transfers
THE article 'An Aadhaar for Aadhaar' (IE, December 2) expresses disapproval of government-run welfare schemes. It is true that there are several obstacles to implementing such schemes, from monitoring the flow of funds to holding individuals accountable for mismanagement or corruption. Direct cash transfers may prove to be most beneficial to the poor by streamlining the process and removing the middlemen. Aadhaar will hopefully ensure that subsidies are only granted to the deserving.
— S.C. Vaid
Hitting a dead end
THE article 'House on dead-end street' (IE, November 29) portrays India as a dying democracy, constantly damaged by opportunism. A huge chunk of the country's wealth disappears into the coffers of a select few. Parliamentary proceedings have degenerated, and the electorate has been cut off from its representatives, except during elections. There are stark discrepancies between food production and food availability, and increasingly, education is being commercialised. Given the current state of politics, the expectation of inclusive growth seems too optimistic.
- Revealing Elena Ferrante’s identity violates her desire for privacy
- Breakdown of LoC ceasefire will make it difficult for army to control infiltration
- Academic publishers suit shows how much they benefitted from intellectual commons
- Lack of unity has prevented Sindhi nationalists from pressuring Islamabad
- India must be prepared to deal with a disease that is growing globally
- Challenge for India’s leaders is to show that strength can be blended with subtlety & deftness